Ngakarimojong: Talking Politics in Northern Uganda (Karamoja version)
With the 2021 presidential elections fast approaching, politics is more than ever a quintessential topic of conversation in Uganda. Below is a list of important vocabulary to know before getting involved in any political discussions with Ngakarimojong speakers.
Ngakiro a nyakiwua: politics
Aseun: to choose/to vote
Ekawuan (pl. ngikawuak): candidate
Ekapolon (pl. ngikapolok): politician
Ekarikon (pl. ngikarikok): leader
Ekeait (pl. ngikeain): soldier
Nyepolisit: police officer
Akilocokin: to change
Akitojokiar: to improve
Akitodiun angoit: to protest
Akiroc: to arrest
Alacakin: to release
Akimar: to count
Akiteryangakin: to scare/intimidate
Areun: to defeat
Aloun: to win
Ebitan (pl. ebitak): greedy
Ngakiro (pl. ngakirosya): issue
Atyonis (pl. ngatukisyo): problem
Akinger: to reject
Aciamun: to accept
Acunakin: to gather
Apogun: to promise
Elosete ngitunga ngulu alalak lorot akingolokin ekawuan ngolo ebunit Najie akisimukekin ngitunga alore aseun inges ekaru a akickak.
- A lot of people are going to the road to see the candidate who has come to Najie to encourage the local people to vote for him at election time.
Apogunit ekapolon atoyor apoloun Najie, nait mam nyenupete ngitunga anerai ebitan inges nooi.
- The politician has promised to bring development to Najie, but the people don’t believe him because he’s very greedy.
Elosito ngitunga akitodiun angoit anerai mam nyepedorito ngikarikok a nyapukan atubokin ngatukisyo nguna epodokinete ngitunga a Uganda.
- People are going to protest because the leaders of the government have not been able to resolve the problems that are troubling Ugandans.
Arocit nyaryang ekawuan ngolo aminat nooi, nait tolacakinai inges ekau asyakito ngitunga a Kampala akitodin angoit.
- The army arrested a very popular candidate, but he was released after people in Kampala started protesting.